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210 Physical Science Building

The Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. The BS includes the opportunity to obtain concentrations in Applied Physics Concentration, Atmospheric Physics Concentration, Medical Physics Concentration, Pre-Med Concentration, and Secondary Teaching 7-12 Physical Science Certification.  Before a student can choose the Secondary Education Concentration, they must meet three criteria:  1) overall UTEP GPA of at least 2.75, 2) UTEP majors GPA of at least 2.75, 3) pass the UTEP Physical Science Qualifying Exam with a score of at least 80%.

Five Year Bachelor of Science-Master of Science Program

The Department of Physics provides an opportunity for qualified students to participate in a five-year bachelor/master of science degree program. The program is limited to students who maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. Freshmen honors students should consult with the departmental undergraduate advisor about the details of this program including course selection and admission to the Graduate School.


Bachelor of Science


CHAIR: Dr. Cristian Botez


Cristian Botez
Contact Information:; 915-747-8040
Education: BS, University of Bucharest; MS, University of Missouri-Columbia; Ph D, University of Missouri-Columbia

Assistant Professors

Jose Banuelos
Contact Information:; 915-747-7535
Education: BS, New Mexico State University; Ph D, New Mexico State University; Postdoc, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Research Interests: Interested in the physicochemical properties of nanoscale fluid-solid interfaces in the areas of energy storage and conversion, natural resource management, environmental science, and nanomedicine. Interested in understanding the molecular-scale structural and dynamic properties of interfaces in nanostructured materials in order to help inform theoretical models, bring about predictive capabilities, and lead to transformative advances in the aforementioned science areas.

Ahmed El-Gendy
Contact Information:; 915-747-6382
Education: Ph D, Heidelberg University

Srinivasa Rao Singamaneni
Contact Information:; 915-747-5635
Education: Ph D, Indian Institute of Science; Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Leuven; National Research Council Research Associate, North Carolina State University

Jianwei Sun
Contact Information:; 915-747-8423
Education: Ph D, Tulane University

Postdoctoral Fellow

Luis Basurto
Contact Information:
Education: MS, University of Texas at El Paso

Research Assistant Professor

Huiyan Yang
Contact Information:; 915-747-7510
Education: Ph D, Princeton University

Visiting Assistant Professor

Harikrishnan Nair
Contact Information:; 715-747-7544
Education: Ph D, Indian institute of Science, India